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New York Mets: Even the cab drivers say to avoid watching the Mets

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You know it’s bad when even the New York City cab drivers question the decision to watch a New York Mets game.
It was not that long ago that the New York Mets were on top of the baseball world. They had gotten out to a fast start, and appeared ready to contend for the National League East title once again. However, once the calendar turned to May, the Mets began to slide back through the standings, dropping below .500 as a myriad of injuries took their toll.

Given that downturn and plethora of sights available in New York, one can understand why there may be other options than to see a Mets game. But to hear such a statement from a New York City cab driver is certainly eye opening. That happened to Chicago Cubs beat writer Sahadev Sharma, when he hailed a taxi to head to Citi Field on Sunday.
It’s one thing to ask once, just to make sure that someone was heard correctly. But to ask multiple times, seemingly incredulous that anyone would want to waste an afternoon watching a Mets game speaks volumes to how the team in perceived in the city. This is especially true given that it was not mentioned that the driver was a Yankees fan. This was just a regular New Yorker unable to understand why anyone would put themselves through such torment willingly.

As it turns out, the driver was correct, assuming that his passenger was a Mets fan. A solid outing from Steven Matz, who allowed just two runs on five hits and two walks in seven innings, was wasted, as the offense failed to show up yet again in a 2-0 loss. The Mets managed to draw four walks, but were held to three hits as they were shut out.

This just continues what has become a nightmare of a season for the Mets. They were eight games above .500 at the end of April, and have now fallen to 27-30 after that loss. Their injury list looks like an All Star roster, with the likes of Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, and Yoenis Cespedes out of the lineup. It is not a surprise that they have scuffled, failing to score runs when they do get a solid outing from the rotation. And, it is not a surprise that the residents of New York would feel that virtually anything would be more pleasurable than watching a Mets game.
At this point, there really is not a reason to watch a New York Mets game. Just ask the cab drivers in the city, and they will tell you as such.

Source: https://calltothepen.com/2018/06/04/new-york-mets-even-cab-drivers-say-avoid-watching-mets/

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Switzerland hold Brazil to 1-1 draw

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FT – Switzerland held Brazil to a 1-1 draw
Frustrating night for the five-time champions Brazil as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their opening Group E match. Philippe Coutinho gave Brazil a perfect start by scoring a stunning goal in the 20th minute as they head to the half-time break with a 1-0 lead. But Steven Zuber’s header early in the second half (50th minute) was enough for the Swiss to snatch a point from one of the tournament favourites.
96′ – Brazil get a corner in the dying minutes. Swiss get a goal kick
94′ – Free-kick for Brazil. Neymar was brought down and is readying himself to take the shot
91′ – Joao Miranda hit it wide from top of the Swiss box. Another good chance wasted
90′ – Five minutes added as stoppage time
90′ – SAVE! Brilliant save from Swiss goalkeeper to deny Firmino. Good header from the Brazilian.
89′ – Xherdan Shaqiri made a good counter-attacking run, but his shot from a distance with left foot was well wide of Brazil goal
88′ – Neymar’s header was straight to Swiss goalkeeper. Good cross-in from Willian
87′ – Substitution! Lichtsteiner is replaced by Michael Lang for Switzerland
85′ – Neymar passed it to Firmino inside the Swiss box, but the later’s touch was heavy. Chance missed again. Brazil showing a lot of urgency as final whistle nears, but they are finding it tough to break the Swiss defence.
81′ – Firmino shot it over the Swiss crossbar from the close range. A half-chance at best
80′ – Substitution! Haris Seferovic is replaced by Embolo for Switzerland
79′ – Substitution! Gabriel Jesus is replaced by Firmino for Brazil
78′ – Neymar attempted a curler from just outside the box, but Swiss goalkeeper judged it well and collected it calmly
77′ – Fernandinho tried his luck from a long distance, but the ball went well over the Swiss crossbar
73′ – Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross was shot in by Dzemaili, but it was weak and straight to Brazil goalkeeper
71′ – Substitution! Denis Zakaria came in to replace Valon Behrami
70′ – Philippe Coutinho’s close range shot curled away from Swiss goal. Chance wasted
68′ – Yellow Card! Valon Behrami booked for another foul on Neymar
67′ – Substitution! Another change for Brazil. Renato Augusto replaced Paulinho
66′ – Fernandinho long-ranger deflected away to give Brazil a corner
65′ – Yellow Card! Fabian Schaer booked for tugging Neymar’s shirt on the left side of Swiss box. Free-kick for Brazil
60′ – Substitution! Casemiro is replaced by Fernandinho for Brazil
59′ – Brazil on the offensive after the Swiss equaliser. Back-to-back corners, but good defending from Switzerland
58′ – Neymar’s attempt from close range hit the side net after deflection. Corner for Brazil. Neymar attempt came soon after two back-to-back shots by Coutinho was blocked by Swiss defenders
57′ – This time Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross-in from the right flank was straight to Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker
50′ – GOAL! Steven Zuber scored the equaliser for Switzerland
Xherdan Shaqiri curled the ball in the Brazil box and the unmarked Zuber jump high to head it in the goal over the Brazil goalkeeper from the four yards out. Awry defending by Brazil, no man marking in front of the goal mouth.
50′ – Corner for Switzerland
47′ – Yellow Card! Early booking in the second half for Brazil’s Casemiro, for his challenge on Blerim Dzemaili
Second half begins…
Players coming off to the field for the second half. Will Swiss be able to create a clear chance, which they failed in the previous half?
HT – It’s Brazil 1-0 Switzerland at the half-time break
Philippe Coutinho’s thunderous strike in the 20th minute gave the five-time winners a 1-0 lead at the half-time break. Brazil dominated the proceedings in the first half, even though Switzerland made some penetration of the opposition box in the final ten minutes of the half.
45+2′ – Thiago Silva’s header went over the Swiss crossbar
45+1′ – Corner for Brazil in the dying minutes of the first half
45′ – Two minutes added as stoppage time
43′ – Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross-in from the right of the Brazil box was headed away to safety by Thiago Silva comfortably
40′ – Thiago Silva hit directly on the head by Steven Zuber’s shot. The Brazilian defender is down on the ground, but is okay to continue
38′ – Finally Swiss front-line in the Brazilian box, but no danger for Alisson Becker
36′ – Looking for the equaliser, Switzerland finding it tough to penetrate the Brazilian final third
32′ – Brazil won a corner after Marcelo’s free-kick was headed away by Swiss defender
31′ – Yellow Card! First booking of the match went to Switzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner, for his foul against Neymar
25′ – Corner for Switzerland. Headed away easily by Brazilian defender
20′ – GOAL! Philippe Coutinho’s thunderous strike gave Brazil the lead
The constant penetration into Swiss box worked for Brazil, with Coutinho utilising the pressure to strike from outside the box. Marcelo’s cross was headed away by Swiss defender but it landed in front of Coutinho, 25 yards out, and the thunderous right-footed curler found the Swiss net. What a goal!
17′ – Good run from the Brazillian front-line, but the Gabriel Jesus cross from the left was comfortably intercepted by Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer
16′ – Neymar hit the Swiss wall
15′ – Free-kick for Brazil from a dangerous position, after Valon Behrami brought down Neymar
14′ – Brazil getting into the groove as they started making regular penetration to the Swiss box
11′ – Paulinho failed to tap-in from close range in front of the Swiss goal-mouth. The mishit went wide of the goal
8′ – Paulinho failed to control the ball properly inside the Swiss box. Goal kick for Switzerland
3′ – Blerim Dzemaili lopped it over the Brazil crossbar from close range. Good attacking start from the Swiss side
2′ – Early attack from Switzerland. It ended with a goal kick for Brazil
Here we go… KICK-OFF TIME
*Time for National Anthems*

 

Starting line-ups

Brazil (4-3-3): Alisson Becker; Danilo, Thiago Silva, Joao Miranda, Marcelo (capt); Paulinho, Casemiro, Philippe Coutinho; Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Neymar. Coach: Tite (BRA)

Switzerland (4-2-3-1): Yann Sommer; Stephan Lichtsteiner (capt), Manuel Akanji, Fabian Schaer, Ricardo Rodriguez; Valon Behrami, Granit Xhaka; Xherdan Shaqiri, Blerim Dzemaili, Steven Zuber; Haris Seferovic. Coach: Vladimir Petkovic (BIH)

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Volvo Ocean Race confirmed that John Fisher wasn’t found

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Yachtsman John Fisher, who participated in a race around the world in the Southern Ocean, is still not found.

John Fisher, 47, from Southampton, fell from Team Sun Hung Kai’s Scallywag yacht 1,400 nautical miles west of Cape Horn at 13:42 GMT on Monday.

The rest of the crew are safe. The Scallywag crew aboard the 65-foot yacht searched for a few hours, but they could not find their teammate. John Fisher, who is originally British but lives in Adelaide, had all the proper equipment when he fell overboard. But given the water temperature, the stormy state of the sea and the time that has passed since the accident, unfortunately, it is assumed that John is lost in the sea.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to John’s family and the entire Scallywag team,” the organizers of Volvo Ocean Race said.The crew had to leave the scene of the accident and go to the nearest safe shore on the South American coast. John Fisher was taking part in the 45,000 nautical mile race around the world for the first time. At the moment of the accident teams were on leg seven from Auckland, New Zealand, to Iajai, Brazil.

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